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This week's lottery jackpots combined top $800 million

This week's lottery jackpots combined top $800 million

The cash option for Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is $278 million. That is, if you hit the jackpot.

The cash option for Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is $225.9 million.

Math still suggests buying a lottery ticket is a losing bet.

People in South Mississippi are cranking up the auto heater and heading for the border, dreaming on the ride to Louisiana of Florida what they'll do with the money if they win the $440 million Powerball jackpot or $343 million Mega Millions drawing this week.

"Some are playing just the Powerball because it has the highest jackpot, but most appear to be getting at least one ticket for both", Maloney added. For Powerball, it's one in roughly 292 million. No ticket won all six numbers in Friday night's drawing.

Tickets for the Mega Millions game are $1 each.

That makes it more likely for the grand total to roll into the next drawing. The drawing for Powerball is Wednesday night.

Tuesday's drawing will be the 22nd since the last winning ticket was sold on October 13.

Classic Lotto draws at 7:05 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Tickets for tonight's Mega Millions drawing can be purchased until 10:45 p.m. EST.